Royal Sussex Regiment - 12th (2nd South Downs) Battalion

Royal Sussex Regiment - 12th (2nd South Downs) Battalion

The 11th, 12th and 13th Battalions of the Royal Sussex Regiment, consisting of approximately 4,500 men, were known colloquially as “Lowther’s Lambs”. This was a reference to local MP Claude Lowther, who had taken personal responsibility for raising the battalions. The 12th and 13th Battalions, supported by the 11th, were sacrificed in a diversionary raid on the Boar’s Head salient at Richebourg on 30th June 1916 in an attempt to draw German attention away from the main Somme battle area further south. The Battle at Boar’s Head lasted less than five hours, but the Southdowns Brigade lost 17 officers and 349 other ranks. Over 1,000 men were wounded or taken prisoner, and the 13th Battalion was all but wiped out. June 30th 1916 was subsequently known as “The Day Sussex Died”. This community remembers the lives of men who served with the 12th Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment, whether they took part in the battle at Boar's Head or not, and includes all those who died, were wounded, or somehow survived relatively unscathed.

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    British Army 2758 Private Honourable Artillery Company

    British Army Second Lieutenant Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army Lieutenant Royal Sussex Regiment

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  • Profile picture for Ernest Leslie Thomas

    Born 1890

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/3237 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Profile picture for Walter J Wickens

    Born 1897

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/5204 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 12th Battalion

  • Died 1916

    British Army SD/1620 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Profile picture for Gilbert Hermann Royce Wilson

    Born 1893

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/5260 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Born 1891

    Died 1916

    British Army 737 2178 Private Honourable Artillery Company

    British Army Lieutenant Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Born 1888

    British Army SD/1461 Serjeant Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army 1461 Royal Sussex Regiment 12th (2nd South Down) Battalion

  • Died 1916

    British Army SD/1551 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

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    Born 1896

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/3012 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

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  • Profile picture for George Rupert Coates

    Born 1893

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/1127 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Died 1916

    British Army SD/4011 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 12th Battalion

  • Died 1916

    British Army SD/2287 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Born 1896

    British Army 1286 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army 230340 Private Labour Corps 612 Company

  • British Army 1445 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army 434805 Private Labour Corps

  • Died 1916

    British Army SD/4938 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Profile picture for Frank Richards

    Born 1895

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/1614 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 12th Battalion